Three men of faith take First Vows

Two British Province novices, Dunstan Rodrigues and John Bosco Noronha, and a Sri Lankan, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, took their First Vows in Birmingham last Saturday.

Jesuit formation, or the training of Jesuits, normally takes between 8 and 17 years, depending on the man's background and previous education, and Final Vows are taken several years after that, making Jesuit formation among the longest of any of the religious orders.  

The three men have completed two years in the novitiate, learning to create a community of brothers who grow in prayer, knowledge of the Society, apostolic work, and personal enrichment. They met the Lord through the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. 

In his homily to mark the occasion, Fr Damian Howard began by saying:

"We are gathered here today to celebrate a public commitment to religious life in the Society of Jesus. Dunstan, John Bosco and Thiranjala have spent the last two years of their lives reflecting in great depth on the way the Lord has called them to serve Him and they have come to the conclusion that it is as Jesuits, which is to say Companions of Jesus, followers of what St Ignatius called this pathway to God on which we surrender our lives to Christ. The vows which they will shortly make are expressive of that act of surrender, a handing over to God of the most important dimensions of life: the things we call our own, the people we love and the course we set for our future."

To read the rest of the homily click here

The pandemic meant that numbers attending had to be severely restricted, but the day was enjoyed by all those who came along. You can watch the Mass here:

Please keep the men in your prayers.